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The harvest of hazelnuts and wine grapes has overflowed plenty of bins in the last month or so for central Douglas County growers. The sweeping up of nuts and grape picking started and finished earlier this year than in past years because of the hot, dry weather. These are two crops that have gradually grown in acreage in Douglas County
Published: October 12, 2014
It was another very busy summer in the Myrtle Creek-Tri City area for our Chamber of Commerce, the Myrtle Creek Lions Club and the Main Street Myrtle Creek Association. The 28th consecutive year of our chamber sponsored Music in the Park summer concerts, the longest running free concert series in Douglas County, was very well attended. Thanks to the generosity
Published: October 12, 2014
CANYONVILLE — Musicians love to heap on descriptive labels, like “rock,” “hardcore” and “classic” — no doubt to help them stand out. LeRoy Bell, though, prefers the plain old “singer-songwriter.” “I think of myself as a working musician,” Bell said last week. “That’s what I like to call myself. ‘X Factor’ made me a little bit of a celebrity, but
Published: October 9, 2014
Elkton welcomed its newest wine tasting room and five private label wines at Gillirose Vineyards this summer. Gillian Seitz, owner of Gillirose Vineyards, said, “These wines are a tribute and thank you to all those who helped me establish my vineyard.” This was her first, and probably her last, bottling under the Gillirose name, and the wines will only be
Published: September 28, 2014
Swift and Sure — The Umpqua Audubon Society hosts a “Swift Watch” tonight at 6 at the Clay Place chimney at Fir Grove Park off Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. Watch thousands of migratory Vaux’s Swifts bed down for the night inside the old chimney. Audubon Society members will serve as “interpretative naturalists” and provide information. Artists will lead art activities
Published: September 19, 2014
Oregon’s first grower of pinot noir grapes and the winery he founded get their due next week with the dedication of a historical marker. Roseburg’s HillCrest Winery and Distillery will host a ceremony Tuesday recognizing Richard Sommer and his winery’s role in Oregon’s wine history. The ceremony is set to begin at 1 p.m. at 240 Vineyard Lane, Roseburg. Wine
Published: September 14, 2014
At a show this year at the Myrtle Creek Elks Lodge, the members of Code Blue were passed cash and a note reading “Me and Bobby McGee” and “House of the Rising Sun.” Undeterred, they faked their way through the songs. They also kept the tip. Now they have two more songs. “If somebody wants to hear ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’
Published: September 11, 2014
Patti Archambault celebrated her 20th year in the real estate profession with a million-dollar accomplishment. The Roseburg RE/MAX Professional Realty broker was recognized as a new member of the company’s Hall of Fame a week ago after having brought in $1 million in earned commissions to her office over the past eight years. Only 22 percent of RE/MAX’s active agents
Published: September 7, 2014
EUGENE Raptor Center field trip set Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host a Sept. 27 field trip to the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene. The trip will include a one-hour “Walk on the Wild Side” program and tour of the center, according to a news release. Participants will have an option of then going to King Estate for a short
Published: September 2, 2014
Singers from the Eugene Opera will perform for the eighth time at MarshAnne Landing, 175 Hogan Road. An evening of arias in the vineyard begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. The performers are members of the Eugene Opera’s Artist Mentor Program. Up next is pianist Colin Ross on Sept. 6, and tenor David Gustafson on Nov. 29. Tickets are $30.
Published: August 13, 2014
As part of our winemaking coursework at Umpqua Community College we study sensory science, the science of how humans perceive smells and tastes with respect to wine. This is one of my favorite classes to teach because it was the interesting smells and tastes in different wines that initially stirred my passion for wine, and eventually inspired me to change
Published: August 12, 2014
FANTASTIC FAIR — The Douglas County Fair continues today and Saturday at the fairgrounds south of Roseburg at Exit 123 of Interstate 5. Hours are 7 a.m. to midnight both days. Seether is the headline entertainer at 7:30 tonight; Deep Purple will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Free with fair admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65
Published: August 8, 2014
Singers from the Eugene Opera will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at MarshAnne Landing Winery, 175 Hogan Road. Members of the opera’s Artist Mentor Program will perform operatic arias, duets and ensemble pieces. The performance will take place on a deck overlooking the vineyard. Tickets are $30. Pianist Colin Ross performs at the winery Sept. 6, and tenor David
Published: August 6, 2014
Slowly, the vision that Dyson DeMara and Scott Kelley have for Paul O’Brien Winery is coming into focus. The friends and business partners are developing an urban winery at 609 S.E. Pine St. in downtown Roseburg. The winery’s name is a combination of the friends’ middle names, Paul for DeMara and O’Brien for Kelley. The most recent step was opening
Published: August 3, 2014
Imagine an 11-day bicycle trip with 24 friends enjoying Lane and Douglas counties, the North Umpqua River, Crater Lake and beyond. That was our recent Wild Oregon and Crater Lake Bike Ride. My husband, Marty, and I designed and led this Bicycle Adventure Club trip to showcase our spectacular part of Oregon. On day one we gathered in the gold-level
Published: August 3, 2014
Three businesses were honored with People’s Choice Awards July 19 at the sixth annual Taste of Umpqua, a showcase of area wines, brews and entrees. Nearly 30 food and beverage vendors signed up to take part in the celebration, which took place at Seven Feathers Casino Resort. The following won People’s Choice Awards in their respective categories: • Best Food
Published: July 22, 2014
Downtown Myrtle Creek was certainly a fine place to have been July 10, and even though the temperature was a bit on the high side, hundreds of people came out to enjoy both the Summer Wine Walk and the season opener of Myrtle Creek’s 28th consecutive year of Music in the Park. From 4 to 7 p.m., visitors enjoyed wine
Published: July 20, 2014
Be Buoyant — The annual Pepsi Float is this weekend. The float of the North Umpqua River begins at 9 this morning at Amacher Park, 5750 N.E. Stephens St., Winchester, and ends at River Forks Park with an afternoon of free hot dogs and prizes. 541-672-6641. Rock and Roll Landscape — The North Umpqua Music Fest continues this weekend on
Published: July 19, 2014
Members Only — The Umpqua Valley Arts Center hosts an exhibit-opening reception from 5 to 7 tonight at 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. Hanging until Sept. 5 will be work from members of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association. Free. 541-672-2532. Rock and Roll Landscape — The North Umpqua Music Fest is this weekend on private property outside Glide, 15888 North
Published: July 18, 2014
It’s July. It’s hot and a little muggy inland, with fog and wind at the coast. The kids are bored with no school. It’s two months’ wait for reservations in the mountains, and you have too few vacation days to spend them all driving. What to do? How about camping 45 minutes from Roseburg at Elkton RV Park? Owners John
Published: July 13, 2014
Fun-Raiser — Roseburg Downtown Fun Day goes until 3 this afternoon. Information about Graffiti Weekend will be available, sidewalk vendors will sell their wares and stores will offer discounts. 541-673-3352. Race of Time — The speedway of the Douglas County Fairgrounds hosts the Show-N-Shine at the Races at 4 this afternoon at 2110 S.W. Frear St., Roseburg. Presented by Pacific
Published: July 11, 2014
You may hear winemakers describe their vineyard as being “in balance.” What does this mean? Does it mean that there are equal amounts of white and black grapes in the field? Does it mean that the plants are growing upright and not falling over? Is the grower talking about evenly supporting the weight of the plants with wires and stakes?
Published: July 8, 2014
Picnic with the candidates The Umpqua Valley Republican Women will have its annual Picnic and Dessert Auction Thursday at Henry Estate Winery, 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua. There will be a social gathering at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. All the Republican candidates and office holders have been invited to attend, so this is an opportunity to
Published: July 7, 2014
Reggie Tonry’s is an interesting opera story. The son of the house manager of the Metropolitan Opera House (“I literally grew up in the theater”), he first appeared onstage at age 10 at the Met, in Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” At the Met. Though a trained vocalist, he went in another direction professionally, becoming a locomotive conductor. But he never
Published: July 3, 2014
Abacela Winery hosts an evening of music and wine with a back patio performance by Beth Wood at 6 p.m. July 5 at 12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg. The Eugene singer-songwriter grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She has recorded eight albums and has a background in classical music. Wood’s acoustic music has been described as soulful, organic, intelligent and “barefoot.” Information:
Published: July 2, 2014
Council takes a stand The burned-out remains of the Chrome Nightclub stood too long. The charred wreckage of Kuebler’s Furniture has been up for more three months. The Roseburg City Council this week wisely took action to prod property owners to clean up their fire-destroyed buildings. The council should consider doing more. Besides being eyesores, scorched buildings are dangerous. According
Published: June 27, 2014
Neil Johnson has played guitar for half his life. That’s 13 years of experience. Not bad. But the other three members of The Neil Johnson Band have a combined 120 years experience between them. “Each one of them have been playing for more than 40 years,” he said, laughing. “At first, it was (intimidating), but now it’s cool because we
Published: June 26, 2014
Rotarians ceremonially broke ground Wednesday afternoon at River Forks Park for a playground designed for people with disabilities to play side by side with others. The playground on the east side of the park will include modified swings, a zipline and a tire swing-like structure. The idea for an inclusive playground originated in 2011, when past North Roseburg Rotary President
Published: June 19, 2014
SUTHERLIN — Corks will pop for a fourth year as the Wine and Chocolate Gala takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. June 21 at the Calapooia Reflections Museum, 113 W. Central Ave. Featured wines are from Henry Estate Winery, Sienna Ridge Estate, MarshAnne Landing and Freed Winery. Guests can nibble on barbecued meatballs, cheese and crackers, fruit and, naturally,
Published: June 17, 2014
A Rich Brocade — Listen to the Hawaiian folk and light rock of Richie G and Ma Beat from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at My Coffee, 1700 Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. $4. 541-229-1230. Beyond My Kenny — Kenny Holmes and the Blues Daddys play tonight at Little Brothers Pub, 428 S.E. Main St., Roseburg. It’s the band’s last show
Published: June 13, 2014
Now is the time of year when winemakers often place orders for the new barrels they will use to age wines from the upcoming harvest. Ordering barrels now is beneficial because early orders usually receive a slight discount. One of my barrel brokers mentioned to me that ordering early was particularly important this year, as a dock worker slowdown and
Published: June 10, 2014
Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt, but it can lead to something close to indifference. Or at least a danger of being taken for granted. Here in Douglas County, some of us share the habits of those residents of Anaheim, California, who never venture into Disneyland. It takes a nudge now and then to propel us into places others admire from
Published: June 3, 2014
The Freed Estate Winery in Winston is exhibiting the work of local artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 430 Hooten Road. Currently on display are water color and oil paintings by Vinita Pappas, wood sculptures by Dennis Ruley, ceramics by Suzi Helmuth, glass jewelry and sculptures by Millie Wilson, wire sculpture by David Sandberg, fabric
Published: May 28, 2014
Nearly 135 years ago, German immigrants introduced vineyards, a winery and distillery to the Umpqua Valley, and produced about 20,000 gallons of wine. The wine industry in Douglas County was slow to grow in the decades that followed, particularly during Oregon’s 19 years of prohibition before the Legislature legalized privately owned grape growing and production of light wine in 1933.
Published: May 18, 2014
Western Spaghetti — The Riddle First Baptist Church hosts a spaghetti feed fundraiser for the South Douglas Food Bank from 5 to 7 tonight at 351 N. Second St., Riddle. Meat-free sauce will be available. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children aged five to 12 and free for children younger than 5. 541-863-4362. Asian Occasion — The
Published: May 16, 2014
WINCHESTER — The Southern Oregon Wine Institute has received a $180,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to do its part in growing the Umpqua Valley wine industry: cultivate a larger trained workforce. The grant, awarded by Walmart to programs that promise to get students ready to start a career, will help the institute reach out to more potential students and
Published: May 15, 2014
MarshAnne Landing Winery hosts an evening of classical music at 7 p.m. May 20 at 175 Hogan Road. Seven musicians will perform in small ensembles. Songs include Dvorak, Baldassare, Pesichetti and St. Sean. Musicians include Pilar Bradshaw and Sharon Schuman on violin and Holland Phillips on viola, with guests Canadian trumpeter Guy Few, Julia Brown on harpsichord and harmonium and
Published: May 14, 2014
A popular upscale restaurant will close this month after operating three years in downtown Roseburg, and its place will be taken by a longtime eatery that has bounced from pillar to post in and around the city. There’s no simple, all-encompassing explanation as to why the Blackbird Bar and Grill will be leaving 647 S.E. Jackson St. on May 20,
Published: May 13, 2014
There is a joke in the wine industry that goes like this: How do you make a small fortune in the wine industry? You start with a big one. It may take a while for audiences to get the joke, but once they do, you get a laugh. The implication is that the wine industry is a hobby for the
Published: May 13, 2014
The Downtown Roseburg Association hosts a Taste of Downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. May 8 at downtown Roseburg businesses. The theme is 1850s plein air art. Artists will set up easels outside and paint what they see. More than a dozen breweries and wineries will pour. Tickets are $10 or $5 in advance. Information: 541-673-3352 or 541-643-5219.
Published: May 7, 2014
Michael and Pamela Freed’s wine project has been about 20 years in the making and now the couple is about to celebrate its completion. Their business, Freed Estate Winery, has scheduled a grand opening for its new tasting and retail sales room for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The winery is at 430 Hooten Road, Winston. “We’re really excited about
Published: May 5, 2014
The Downtown Roseburg Association hosts another “Taste of Downtown” from 5 to 8 p.m. May 8 at downtown Roseburg businesses. This time the theme is 1850s plein air art. Artists will set up easels outside and paint what they see. More than a dozen breweries and wineries will pour. DRA hosts three “Tastes” per year. Tickets are $10 or $5
Published: April 30, 2014
Police canine Iago raced across Legion Field and jumped through the window of a van to catch a pretend suspect dressed in protective clothing to the delight of over 150 audience members as part of a demonstration Saturday afternoon. Iago tussled on the ground with the pretend suspect before being pulled off by his handler. The German shepherd joined two
Published: April 27, 2014

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